||Arched spikes, referring to the curving flower spikes
|| After the Malay name for palm
||Cyrtostachys lakka Becc.
||Lipstick Palm, Sealing Wax Palm
||Native: Critically Endangered
||Thailand, Peninsular Malaysia, Singapore, Sumatra, and Borneo
Cyrtostachys renda can be easily identified by its multi-stem form and reddish crown-shaft and leaf-stalks.
The Lipstick Palm is the 3rd most abundant palm being cultivated in Singapore, according to a botanical survey within 5 towns which I conducted in 2011. Because of its attractiveness, it is normally grown at points of entry. A freshwater swamp forest species, it was thought be be locally extinct till a recent rediscovery in the Western Catchment area (Loo et al., 2014).
Form of the Lipstick Palm.
Crown-shaft is reddish.
Entire length of the petiole to the mid-vein is reddish.
The inflorescence spikes.
ReferencesLoo AHB, Ang WF, Baker WJ & HTW Tan (2014) A Guide to the Native Palms of Singapore. Singapore Science Centre, Singapore. 174 pp.
Posted Date: 2013-07-18 / Modified Date: 2015-01-11